Dr. Coreen Levy with some of her first patients

Dr. Coreen Levy with some of her first patients

Dr. Coreen Levy is a Doctor of Chiropractic Sports Medicine, with an emphasis on soft tissue injuries and sideline emergency management.  Before attending chiropractic school, Dr. Levy worked for over a decade as a senior research scientist and educator in behavioral neuroscience, studying neuropsychiatric diseases as well as drug and alcohol dependence and withdrawal in the Molecular and Integrative Neuroscience Department (M.I.N.D.) at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Motivated with a desire to empower and heal others, and after a personal experience that demonstrated the limits and failures of the established allopathic medical system, Dr. Levy courageously left her prestigious career in research, and enrolled at the Southern California University of Health Sciences Doctorate of Chiropractic program.  Besides obtaining the highly coveted position as a chiropractic intern at the USC Engemann Health Center, she also graduated on the Dean’s List of Academic Excellence, and received the highest honor, The President’s Leadership Award.  Dr. Levy has gone above and beyond her chiropractic prospectus, by attending numerous educational seminars, allowing her to further her education in sports medicine, functional medicine, and nutrition.

Special thanks to the Southern California University of Health Sciences Interns!

Special thanks to the Southern California University of Health Sciences Interns!

Dr. Levy currently has a private practice in Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, where she sees a widevariety of patients, including collegiate and professional athletes, musicians, actors, and weekend warriors, though she spends the majority of her time as the Attending Chiropractic Clinician at the USC Engemann Health Center.  She is also a full time faculty clinician at the Southern California University of Health Sciences.  Doctor Levy is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and is currently finishing the highest level of sports medicine for her field, the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. In her free time, Dr. Levy is not only the official doctor for the USC Men’s and Women’s Rugby Team, but also acts as the Attending Clinician for the USC Dental School’s Ergonomic Club, in addition to being part of the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team’s Research Committee.  She can also be found working on professional surfers at numerous World Surf League (WSL) events, or with the emergency medical team at the Dew Tour on NBC Extreme Sports.

Dr. Levy’s personal sports experience includes reaching the highest levels of technical diving, rowing, and training in and instructing boxing and Muay Thai.  Dr. Levy has over 10 years’ experience working in emergency medicine, is an expert in concussion diagnosis and management, and has had certifications including Emergency Medical Technician, Diver Medic Technician, Hyperbaric Chamber Operations, and Emergency Diving and Accident Management, in which she worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, LA Sheriff’s Department, and LA Fire Department with management and treatment of diving accidents at the USC Hyperbaric Chamber on Catalina Island.  Dr. Levy has numerous scientific publications, and is currently pursuing additional research projects.

Welcome to the USC Rugby Family, Dr. Levy!

 

200912152052Former Samoa Rugby League International Loa Milford has accepted the role of Head Coach at the University of Southern California.  He will lead the program as it transitions from the era of Trojans legend David Lytle.

Milford comes to USC from Santa Monica Rugby Club, where he has played and coached over the past five years, and from ICEF Rugby, where he coaches under the direction of Stuart Krohn, the first American to ever play professional rugby.  Milford works as a P.E. Teacher at ICEF Middle Schools and has been voted Teacher of the Year for the past three academic sessions.  He has had opportunities to serve as Backs Coach for professional teams Castres (France) and Parma (Italy), but his commitment to amateur rugby and to ICEF have kept him in Los Angeles.

“It’s an exciting day for the SC program and for me personally,” said USC Director of Rugby Dominic Riebli.  “I recruited Loa to Santa Monica back in 2011.  Since then, we’ve had numerous discussions about potential coaching opportunities and about working together.  I’ve wanted to get involved with Trojans rugby for years and was grateful when they presented an opportunity to me.  I’m even more grateful that they agreed to bring Loa in.  We share the same game philosophy and I’m excited to see it implemented.

“I admire Loa.  He’s a genuine self-made man. He signed his first professional contract as a teenager and had a long and stellar career.  For 30+ years of his life, all he knew was rugby.  When his professional career was coming to an end, he and his family took a risk on coming to a country where there aren’t too many career opportunities in the sport.  Stuart Krohn opened a door for him and look where he is now – to be Teacher of the Year without ever having taken a college course.  That’s truly amazing.”

ICEF boys varsity coach David Hughes gave Milford a resounding endorsement.  “Over the past five years Loa has established an outstanding rapport with his co-workers and the players. His ability to get the players to quickly buy into his message is one that few other coaches have. His ability to lead sessions is one of his strongest assets.  His tool box of drills is deep and he always manages to keep sessions fresh and interesting. Loa has a keen eye for the game and spots weaknesses and strengths quickly. He has a good and honest manner with players; they respond well to his advice.”

“Coach Lytle is an icon of USC rugby,” said Milford. “I hope to do his legacy proud and bring this program to prominence.  I’m eager to get started and to get a look at the players.  I’m especially happy to see incoming freshman and ICEF grad Mathew Rhodes will be there.  I hope that he’s the first of many ICEF players to come through the program.”

Riebli echoed those sentiments. “One of the greater goals for me is to give SoCal youth players another viable option for a solid collegiate rugby experience.  Cal, Saint Mary’s, and (up-and-coming) Santa Clara have benefitted immensely from the great youth rugby in the Bay Area and Sacramento.  Ever since SoCal youth rugby got on level with NorCal, those top-tier collegiate programs have been recruiting down here.  I’d like to see those players play closer to home.”

Milford will have his first chance to meet the team when they begin practice in early September.  The Trojans play a split Fall/Spring season that will see them face seven opponents from September-November.  They will then come back in January and participate in the Gold Coast Conference.

About Loa Milford

Milford started his career as a Rugby League player with the Balmain (later Wests) Tigers in 1996, having signed his first professional contract at the age of 18. He represented Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup in 2000 & 2008, winning the Bronze medal in his first campaign.  In 2001, he moved to France and played two seasons for the Pia Dokeys before returning to Australia and joining the Cronulla Sharks.

In 2004 Milford became one of the first players to play both professional League and Union, having signed with Bayonne in France.  He then went on to play five seasons for Castres before finishing with Carcasonne.  In 2010, Milford and his family won the green card lottery and immigrated to the United States.  He played five seasons for the Santa Monica Dolphins before finally retiring (sort of) at the age of 38.

Milford teaches Physical Education at ICEF Middle Schools and has been voted Teacher of the Year for three straight years.  He is married and has one child.

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1930280_25027255891_1812_nDominic Riebli graduated Academic All-Ivy in Football from Columbia University. His rugby career began with Pasadena RFC, where he first met USC Rugby Alums Bryan Randles and Jason Reyes. After two seasons, that trio moved over to Santa Monica Rugby Club Dolphins (“SMRC”) and played together for several years. Riebli excelled as an openside flanker – earning representative honors with the SoCal Griffins from 2001-2005, winning the 2003 ITT Championship, and getting into the USARFU Eagles player pool in 2001. He was a stalwart of the Dolphins pack for over a decade and won back-to-back Division 1 National Titles in 2005 and 2006. Riebli served as Club Captain and then General Manager for most of his career at SMRC and still assists in player recruitment. He served as an Assistant Coach with UCLA Rugby in 2014 and most recently started coaching his eldest son at Santa Monica Youth Rugby.

Now, joining USC Rugby, it is our pleasure to announce Dominic Riebli as our new Director of Rugby. Riebli brings years of experience and dedication to the sport that should further define and bolster our program. Welcome to the team, Dominic. Mr. Riebli is married and has four children.

2750935_origCountry of Origin:

Los Angeles, USA

College Attended:

University of Utah, University of Southern California

Rugby Experience:

Coach Dave started his rugby at USC in 1983 and continued to play until 1986. He was on the USC Rugby advisory committee from 1987-88. He has coached the USC Men’s Rugby Club since 1988 and since has become an icon, mentor, and leader on the team. He was also a state parole officer for 30 years.

Career Highlights include:

  • Only Club Sport Athlete to have received a Varsity Ring- Presented by Athletic Director Mike McGee in 1986
  • Pasadena RFC- 1988-1990
  • Traveled and played rugby in Singapore, Taipei, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong throughout his career.
  • Coach Dave holds the team record for longest keg stand of 2 min. 23 sec.
2009 USC Rugby Team - undefeated season. Photo taken after beating UCLA. Fight on!

2009 USC Rugby Team – undefeated season. Photo taken after beating UCLA. Fight on!

4369305_origCountry of Origin:

United States

College Attended:

University of Southern California (Undergraduate and Graduate school)

Rugby Experience:

Austin started playing rugby at USC in 2006 at blindside flanker where here started nearly every game with the 1st team for four years.  In graduate school at USC he was moved to inside center for most of the season. He has served as an officer every year he attending USC and now serves as an advisor to the USCRFC Executive Board.

Career highlights include:

  • USCRFC Letterman, 2008
  • Starting blindside flanker for USCRFC during undefeated season and Division Championship, 2009
  • USCRFC Captain, 2009-2010 season
  • USC Assistant Forwards Coach (2011 through present)

SLO 9-7-13 1USC Rugby is proud to name Bryan C. Randles as the team’s Board of Directors. Besides, team’s logistics, Mr. Randles will be overseeing the development of USC Rugby’s alumni network, in order to further broaden the team’s fan base as well as future sponsorship opportunities.

“Bryan is a phenomenal addition to the team’s management,” said Taiu Kunimoto, the Director of Public Relations of USC Rugby, “his experiences in alumni outreach as well as team management will bring the team’s overall brand value to the next level.”

As a former USC Rugby player himself, Randles feels equally excited to return to his beloved team as a board member “quote from Bryan.(something along the line of him enjoyed playing for SC and wanted to give back when there was a chance to do so).”

Randles graduated from USC with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1997.

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  • Dallen Stanford (Legend & former USA Rugby International)
  • Tevita Vaikona (former Tonga Rugby League International)
  • Adam Siddall (USA Rugby International)
  • Jeremy Wilkinson (Super Coach)
  • Barry Williams (Los Angeles Rugby Club Coach, former USA Rugby International)
  • Zach Timm (former USC Rugby Captain)
  • Tiger Rugby
  • Santa Monica Rugby
  • New Zealand Rugby Institute

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